UK Government announces a Review into Primodos, Sodium Valproate, Vaginal Mesh

Baroness Cumberlege will lead an examination of the circumstances in all three health cases and consider whether there are grounds for wider inquiries

The UK Prime Minister has ordered a review of public health scandals involving the hormone-based pregnancy test drug Primodos, the use of vaginal mesh implants and the anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate.

I look forward to undertaking this tremendously important review and in particular to working with patients to ensure that our health system learns from those it may have failed. It’s essential that voices aren’t just listened to, but properly heard, and that whenever appropriate, the system promptly learns lessons and makes changes.

Baroness Cumberlege, Chair of the review

In the Commons, Jeremy Hunt has announced a review into public health scandals caused by failings in the regulation of vaginal mesh implants, anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate and hormone-based pregnancy test drug Primodos.

See The Independent Medicines & Medical Devices Safety Review website.

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2 thoughts on “UK Government announces a Review into Primodos, Sodium Valproate, Vaginal Mesh”

  1. Really disappointed that just three examples of patient harms & shockingly poor treatment by healthcare professionals have been included in this Review. The review should cover a broad base of regulatory agency incompetence and a refusal by the healthcare system to listen to patient concerns and take them seriously. The failings of the regulatory and healthcare system in respect of adverse reactions to drugs and devices is endemic, not restricted to just the Mesh, Valproate and Primodos.

    I’ve been fighting for 7 years for a proper investigation into the HPV vaccine and for appropriate and effective assessment and treatment for my daughter. It’s devastating to realise that because it was a vaccine that caused my daughter’s health problems, and the health problems of 100s of girls across the UK, it’s very unlikely that they will see justice and have their health problems properly acknowledged, and the chance of them receiving good quality and effective treatment is practically zero. It’s just devastating to be constantly fighting and to feel all the time like you’re being kicked in the head and pushed back.

    1. Absolutely Caron.
      Similarly, the DES tragedy affects 3 generations of people including today’s children. And no mention of it neither from the UK government…

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